frequently asked questions

What makes Walkabout different or special?

Firstly, the quality and look of our images is unique. We strive for a natural, fresh, fun look in our images. We would also like your memories to have a sophisticated, timeless appeal. This is true whether the images are totally candid, posed or semi-posed. Further, eventhough our background is in photojournalism, we believe all aspects of the day are important, so we give you a custom balance of posed, candid and artistic images.

We want to make sure that your day will flow, and that you don’t feel like you are performing for a camera the whole day. We are largely there to observe and document your wedding, not to be the center of attention. We take control when we need to, but we are always aware that this is your day, and we will do what we can to make it a success.

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How long have you been in business?

We have been incorporated for the last 2 years, and we’ve been specializing in wedding photography for about 10 years. Prior to that we travelled throughout the world as photojournalists, and studied film production in China, Japan and India.

What type of equipment do you use?

We bring several cameras and use a variety of formats: digital, medium format and 35mm cameras. We bring ‘special’ equipment like fish-eye lenses and super zooms. Additionally, we bring a full set of back-up equipment. Lastly, we bring off-camera lighting equipment for those ‘difficult’ lighting situations (for example: indoors, under full sun, etc).

Can we ‘customize’ a package to suit what we need?

Sure! The packages are there as a guide for you. You can mix and switch hours, albums or whatever makes sense to you. We’ll then give you a bottom line on cost.

Do you travel?

Absolutely! We’ve done weddings as far away as Ireland, Australia, Italy and around the US, as well as across Colorado. Photographers of similar quality often charge over $5000, so even though you are paying for our flight and hotel room, it still is a great investment!

How long will it take for you to deliver my proofs?

Around 3 weeks.

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Are all costs included in your ‘package’ price?

On top of the package price, there may be additional or optional fess such as the purchasing of proofs, reprints and/or CD masters.

Travel
Secondly, even though we don’t charge travel / mileage costs for the Boulder or Denver metro area, there may be a mileage charge if you’re out of this area. See our rate page, or call us if you fall into this category.


Hotel
Similarly, if you’re getting married 100 miles or more from Denver / Boulder, and we’re working late at night, for safety reasons we ask that you book us a hotel for the night.

Apart from great value, we believe our pricing structure is the most fair and sensible we’ve seen yet.

Do you bring an assistant?

We bring assistants to every wedding. Assistants are extremely important in helping document a wedding properly, in backing up important family shots, and in helping organize people and equipment. Also, by doing many of the technical, behind the scenes tasks, they allow me to focus all my attention on my clients throughout the wedding.

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What do you wear?

We wear suits and other semi-formal appropriate attire.

What types of albums do you offer?

Our wedding albums are mostly hand-made by some of the finest artists from around the world. The diversity and quality of our albums really sets us apart. Because we travel so much, we’ve been able to find the most unique, fun and interesting products available, just a sample of which you’ll find here in our web site. And because we allow you to ‘mix and switch’ aspects of your package, you are assured of having the album you’ve always wanted.

How much are individual photographs?

Current print prices range from $8.95 for a 4x6; $12.95 for a 5x7, $19.95 for an 8x10 / 8x12, and up. Other options to add to your print include hand coloring and digital manipulation at $1/minute, as well as things like sepia toning, lacquer spraying and framing.

We get all the proofs, but do you make the negatives available?

Right now, our policy with negatives is that you can purchase the negatives within one year of your wedding for $50/roll, and after a year for $25/roll. When you decide to buy your negatives, you must buy them all at the same time. We figure on couples and families purchasing a certain number of reprints, so we are flexible on raising or lowering the negative cost accordingly.

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Do you mind if our friends and family takes photos as well?

We really don’t mind if others take photographs along with us. There are some critical times, however, like during formal portrait sessions, where guests cameras distract people, causing them to look in divergent directions. The guest's flash may also cause eyes to be closed. Also, some churches prohibit flash during the ceremony, so guests' flashes in this time can be distracting for you. If guests behave with consideration, courtesy and common sense when using their cameras, there should be no problem at all.

How do your rates compare with others?

Many photojournalistic wedding photographers charge $10,000 for a similar service. Naturally, there are those that charge less than us, but the quality of their work and their reliability usually reflects their lower price. If rates are a top issue for you, please consider this: years from now, when you're looking through the album and seeing your wedding day once again and you're moved by the stories the photos have captured, be assured, you’ll consider booking us and enjoy the best wedding investment you could have made.

Do we need to provide you with a meal?

Our day typically starts several hours before the wedding and goes on for several hours after the party's over. It’s a long, hard day of being creative under pressure. We want to function comfortably and effectively, and providing a suitable meal helps; it doesn't have to be a full banquet meal: whatever you can offer will be greatly appreciated.

Tell us a little about the web site.

The web site is a fantastic way for you to show off your photos to family and friends without getting your proofs wrecked sending them around the country. Now all of our packages come with free personal websites that hold all your photos, enjoy! The web site includes thumbnails of your selected set of pictures, which open to a larger image (about 5x7 in size). We’ll leave your site up for about a year, and all family and friends will be able to order reprints from the site. To see an example, click here.

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Your top package includes coverage at the rehearsal dinner. Is that usual?

This is a great opportunity for spontaneous photographs of the couple with attendants and families. While no substitute for wedding day photographs, this captures a fun, often very emotional part of the wedding celebration that is often missed. It also can provide a more natural "everyday clothes" photograph of the wedding couple which can complement your more formal photographs. Its also a good chance to get pictures of family or groups of friends that you may not want to take time photograph on your wedding day.

What is needed to retain your services?

First, the most important issue is whether we are available for your date. We only photograph a limited number of weddings each year and dates book up fast. If we’re available, we require a deposit of $500 to secure the date. The balance is due up to a week before the wedding. The deposit is non-refundable.

Can you hold the date for me?

Sorry, we’re unable to hold a date without a deposit. Our services are provided on a first come, first served basis, and we book up fast. I suggest contacting us early in your planning stage; lately, clients have been booking well over a year in advance. Even if you’re unsure of which package you’d like or what time to have us there, you can still put your deposit down and we’ll hold the date for you.

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